Fearless Foxes extended until half-term
Published on Friday, September 2, 2016
A RECORD-BREAKING exhibition which tells the story of Leicester City’s Premier League-winning season is to be extended until October half-term.
'Fearless Foxes' opened at Leicester’s New Walk Museum & Art Gallery on June 4 this year. Since then it’s attracted 65,000 visitors, with a record 26,000 attending in August alone – making it the busiest August in the museum’s history.
The display was due to come down on September 11, but with visitors still flocking in, the city council has decided to keep it up until the end of the next half-term school holiday, on Sunday October 23.
The extension will also allow new university students to soak up some of the feel-good factor the Foxes’ brought to the city; and football fans coming from Porto and Copenhagen for the city’s Champions’ League matches in September and October can find out how Leicester fought their way into Europe’s most prestigious tournament.
Matthew Constantine, the council’s Collections, Interpretation and Learning manager said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to our Fearless Foxes exhibition, which has attracted new visitors to the museum from all over the city and county as well as from other parts of the country.
“We saw all-time high attendances in August, and we are definitely seeing visitors who have never been to the museum before. Although they come for the Fearless Foxes they are also enjoying the other attractions within the museum, and we hope they will become regular visitors.”
As well as fantastic photographic displays, the exhibition includes a number of unique artefacts that have proved a real hit with visitors, including the bell given to Claudio Ranieri at a club press conference; an LCFC Buddhist prayer flag; albums of newspaper cuttings sent to the museum from countries around the world; and Filbert Fox’s football kit.
Museum staff are hoping to refresh the display with some new items, and to put on some additional supporting events that returning visitors can enjoy.
The success of the exhibition is testament to the skills of city council museum staff who created the display in just 45 working days – starting work on it in late April when it looked likely that the Foxes would clinch the title.
The museum postponed its scheduled summer exhibition, ‘Birds’, to make way for the once in a lifetime display. And with the support of the football club’s historian, BBC Radio Leicester and the Leicester Mercury, staff set about producing the exhibition which tells the story of LCFC’s meteoric rise from the bottom of the table to Champions’ League qualification in just 12 months.
Leicester’s City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Our museums’ staff always do a fantastic job, but they have truly excelled themselves with the Fearless Foxes.
“In just over six weeks they created, from scratch, a wonderfully-atmospheric display that captures the excitement of the season, the worldwide interest in the club’s rise to the top, and the impact that the unexpected success had on our city and its people.
“I would urge anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, to do so. They won’t be disappointed.”
The free exhibition is in the main, temporary exhibition gallery on the first floor.
'Fearless Foxes' is a partnership between BBC Radio Leicester, the Leicester Mercury, Leicester City Football Club and Leicester City Council.
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